A cluster of civil society organizations has organized a job fair so as to help those living with disabilities access job opportunities.
The event will take place on the 30th June 2022 under the “Disability is not Inability" theme.
The organizers behind the Fair consist of Juru Hand Art House Ltd, Daddy De Maximo Art Peace Counselling and Wellness Center Ltd.
“The aim of the festival is to provide space for people with disabilities to meet with employers to raise awareness about the ability and worthiness of people with disabilities both within the arts sector and more broadly within the society,” the organizers write in a concept note.
In addition, the concept mentions the Fair wants “to provide a platform that presents world-class collaborative artistic works by artists living with and without disabilities to defy stigma and stereotypes and highlight art through the perspective of disability,”
The Labor Force Survey Annual Report 2021 by NISR show about 15.5 percent of the working-age persons with disabilities were labor force participants and the unemployment rate of persons with disabilities was identified as the same as another person without any type of disability.
Time-related underemployment rate in past five years was 29.9% in 2017 and 32% in 2018, 27.1% in 2019, 31.2% in 2021.
According to organizers, the event will provide a space for people with disabilities to meet with employers and a platform for them to show their talent, skills and potential, and provide and prove to the community that they are capable and worthy.
Particularly for the people living with disabilities, it is expected that Job Fair will increase job opportunities for people with disabilities will be created as well as provide a positive perception of society toward the capabilities of people with disabilities, open gates to people with disabilities and increase the confidence of people with disabilities.
Currently, the general unemployment rate is at 19.4% according to Labour Force Survey of August 2021.